Harry S. Truman /
Robert H. Ferrell.
Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, c2003.
x, 342 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
1568027664 (alk. paper)
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Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, c2003.
1568027664 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 23) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Robert H. Ferrell is the author and editor of many books on American foreign relations, the presidency, and military affairs. Retired from Indiana University, he lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 1996-08-01:
Perhaps we've been spoiled by David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Truman (Audio Reviews, LJ 12/92). Ferrell is as great a scholar as McCullough, and in fact has written eight previous books on our 33rd President. However, his writing is not as rich or lyrical; it lacks McCullough's sober passion and epic reach. Ferrell shines when he writes about policies, which he traces intact along Truman's career before moving on to other topics. McCullough, on the other hand, is more linear, offering greater detail on Truman's childhood, his fabulous victory over Dewey in 1948, and various other Trumanesque incidents, legends, and foibles. The decision to drop the atomic bomb, for instance, is explored more thoroughly by McCullough even if the listener comes away with a similar understanding. Narrator Nelson Runger is excellent, and his reading sounds just right. In terms of collection development, public and academic libraries should stock both biographies as, especially in recent years, Truman has emerged as one of the greatest Presidents of the 20th century, insofar as the media and the popular mind are concerned. Demand being insatiable then, this title should find a place on most biography shelves.‘Don Wismer, Office of the Secretary of State, Augusta, Me. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Main Description
Each volume in the new American Presidents Reference Series is organized around an individual presidency and gathers a host of biographical, analytical, and primary source historical material that will analyze the presidency and bring the president, his administration, and his times to life. The series focuses on key moments in U.S. political history as seen through the eyes of the most influential presidents to take the oath of office. Unique headnotes provide the context to data, tables and excerpted primary source documents.''''Harry Truman was born on May 8, 1884. He served with distinction during World War I as a commander of an artillery battery, and he ultimately attained the rank of major. In 1922, with the support of political boss Tom Pendergast, Truman was elected as a county judge. He lost reelection, but then won again as presiding judge in 1926 and 1930. In 1934 Truman was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he supported President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal policies and entry into World War II. When Vice President Henry Wallace alienated Democratic Party leaders, Truman was nominated for vice president. On April 12, 1945, eighty-two days into Truman's vice presidency, Roosevelt died in Warm Springs, Georgia. At the age of sixty-one, Truman was sworn in as the thirty-third president of the United States. ''''Key events during the Truman presidency include victory in World War II and Truman's decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan, the start of the cold war with the Soviet Union and its eastern European satellites, the Marshall Plan, the Berlin airlift, the Fair Deal, price-control legislation, and the McCarthy hearings. In March 1952 Truman announced that he would not seek reelection. Harry S. Truman died on December 26, 1972.''''This new volume on the presidency of Harry S. Truman will cover'''' campaigns, elections, and the Pendergast connection,'' Senator Truman, particularly his chairmanship of the Special Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program,'' FDR, World War II, and the atomic bomb decision,'' Joseph McCarthy, the cold war, and the police action in Korea,'' civil rights.''
Unpaid Annotation
Examines the tumultuous term of the thirty-third president of the United States. Includes excerpts from the recently discovered 1947 Truman diary.
Unpaid Annotation
Harry S. Truman examines the tumultuous term of the thirty-third president of the United States. Truman was sworn in as president after the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and only eighty-two days into his vice presidency. Key events during the Truman presidency include victory in World War II with the decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan, the start of the cold war with the Soviet Union and its eastern European satellites, the Marshall Plan, the Berlin airlift, the Fair Deal, price-control legislation, and the McCarthy hearings.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 3
A Common Manp. 7
Farm and Armyp. 8
County and Nationp. 10
From Freshman Senator to Leadershipp. 13
Second-Term Senatorp. 15
Vice Presidentp. 17
Presidentp. 18
Retirementp. 21
Bibliographic Essayp. 23
The Education of a Presidentp. 23
An Essay on Couragep. 25
Kansas Cityp. 26
World War Ip. 29
The First of 1,268 Lettersp. 30
A Typical Letter from a Farmerp. 31
Harry Proposesp. 33
Bess Disposesp. 34
Pendergastp. 36
The Possibility of Being County Collectorp. 38
In the Senatep. 39
Truman and the Vice Presidencyp. 41
The Death of Franklin D. Rooseveltp. 43
Address before a Joint Meeting of the Congress, April 16, 1945p. 45
The Days of a President, Diary, November 1, 1949p. 48
Truman and His Staff, Diary, January 16, 1947p. 49
Truman's Decision Making, Diary, December 19, 1947p. 50
White House Ghosts, Diary, January 6, 1947p. 50
The New White House, Diary, March 2, 1952p. 51
The Assassination Attempt, Letter, November 17, 1950p. 53
Characterp. 54
Service, 1954p. 55
Campaigns and Electoral Strategiesp. 59
Early Interest in Politicsp. 59
County Campaignsp. 60
Election of 1940p. 64
Vice President: 1944p. 65
Presidential Election of 1948: Personalitiesp. 68
The Presidential Election of 1948: Republican and Democratic Strategiesp. 70
Bibliographic Essayp. 74
Election as Eastern Judge, 1922p. 75
Decision, Opponents, Organization, 1940p. 76
Campaigning through Missouri, 1940p. 78
Welcome Back to the Senate, Letters, August 9 and 10, 1940p. 80
How Truman Achieved the Vice-Presidential Nomination in 1944p. 82
Acceptance Speech, Philadelphia, July 15, 1948p. 84
Message to the Special Session of the 80th Congress, July 27, 1948p. 87
Western Campaign Speech, September 23, 1948p. 90
Campaigning, Letter, October 5, 1948p. 91
Address in Harlem, New York, October 29, 1948p. 92
The Dexter, Iowa, Speech, September 18, 1948p. 95
Middle Western Campaign Speeches, October 30, 1948p. 97
Final Campaign Speech, October 30, 1948p. 101
1948 Presidential Electionp. 103
Return to Washington, Letter, November 7, 1948p. 106
Administration Policiesp. 109
Foreign Policy: Europep. 109
Foreign Policy: East Asiap. 112
Foreign Policy: The Middle Eastp. 113
Foreign Policy: Latin Americap. 114
The Fair Dealp. 115
Inflationp. 116
Laborp. 118
Fiscal Policyp. 120
Bibliographic Essayp. 122
The Truman Doctrine, March 12, 1947p. 123
The Marshall Plan: Address at Harvard University Commencement, June 5, 1947p. 126
American Rights in Berlin, July 6, 1948p. 129
The North Atlantic Treaty, April 4, 1949p. 130
Occupation Policy in Japanp. 132
Secretary of State Dean Acheson to President Truman on China Policy, Memo, July 30, 1949p. 135
Truman and the Zionists, Diary, July 21, 1947p. 137
Point Four Programp. 138
The Fair Deal, January 5, 1949p. 140
Special Message to Congress on the Nation's Health Needs, April 22, 1949p. 143
Unused Speech on Price Controls, October 1946p. 146
Special Message to Congress Urging Industrial Peace, May 25, 1946p. 147
The President and the United Mine Workers, Diary, December 11, 1946p. 150
Veto of the Taft-Hartley Bill, June 20, 1947p. 152
Employment Act, February 20, 1946p. 154
Economic Report, January 7, 1949p. 157
Crises and Flashpointsp. 163
Hiroshima and Nagasakip. 163
The Korean Warp. 166
Civil Rightsp. 169
Loyalty Programp. 172
The Mess in Washingtonp. 174
Steel Decisionp. 177
Bibliographic Essayp. 178
The Order to Drop the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima, July 25, 1945p. 180
Presidential Statement Announcing Dropping of a Nuclear Bomb on Hiroshima, June 6, 1945p. 181
Afterthoughts on Nuclear Weapons, 1958p. 184
Statement by the President on the Violation of the 38th Parallel in Korea, June 26, 1950p. 185
Statement on Sending Ground Troops to Korea, June 30, 1950p. 186
Statement by the President concerning His Meeting with Gen. Douglas MacArthur on Wake Island, October 15, 1950p. 187
Truman and the Dismissal of Gen. Douglas MacArthur from His Far Eastern Commands, 1950-1954p. 189
An Early Effort for Civil Rights, Speech, June 15, 1940p. 193
The Main Difficulty with the South, Letter, August 18, 1948p. 194
To Secure These Rightsp. 195
Address before the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Lincoln Memorial, June 29, 1947p. 198
Fair Employment Practices within the Federal Government, Executive Order 9980, July 26, 1948p. 200
The President's Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity within the Armed Services, Executive Order 9981, July 26, 1948p. 203
Truman and Civil Rights, Letter, January 12, 1953p. 204
The President's Loyalty Program, Executive Order 9835, March 22, 1947p. 205
The Internal Security (McCarran) Act, September 23, 1950p. 208
Truman's Veto of the Internal Security Bill, September 22, 1950p. 211
The Accusations of Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, Unsent Letterp. 214
Maj. Gen. Harry Vaughan and the "5 Percenters"p. 215
Statement by the President on Reorganization of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, January 2, 1952p. 217
The Steel Takeover, April 8, 1952p. 219
Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer, June 2, 1952p. 223
Institutional Relationsp. 229
Executivep. 229
Legislaturep. 233
Judiciaryp. 234
The Militaryp. 236
The Mediap. 239
Bibliographic Essayp. 241
The Dismissal of Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes, Memorandum, February 13, 1946p. 242
The Dismissal of Secretary of Commerce Henry A. Wallace, Letters, September 19 and 21, 1946p. 244
Truman on George Marshall, Diary, January 8, 1947p. 246
The Dismissal of Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson, Diary, September 14, 1950p. 246
Statement by the President on Receiving the Final Report of the Hoover Commission, May 26, 1949p. 249
The Work of Congress, Letter, March 28, 1947p. 251
Dissent in the Supreme Court, Letter, June 11, 1946p. 252
The National Security Act, July 26, 1947p. 253
Atomic Energy Act, August 1, 1946p. 255
The U.S. Proposal for the International Control of Atomic Energy, June 14, 1946p. 258
Presidential Statement on Soviet Explosion of a Nuclear Device, September 23, 1949p. 260
Letter to the Richmond Times-Dispatch (Unsent), July 9, 1947p. 261
The Newspaper Press, Letter, May 12, 1948p. 262
The Press and the President's Salary, Letter, February 12, 1949p. 263
Retirementp. 267
Contemporary Judgmentsp. 269
Retirement: The Democratic Partyp. 271
Retirement: The Republican Partyp. 273
Legacyp. 276
Bibliographic Essayp. 277
Unsent Letter to Adlai Stevenson, August 1952p. 277
The Campaign Revisited, Diary, November 15, 1952p. 279
The President-Elect's Visit to the White House, Diary, November 20, 1952p. 280
The President's Analysis of Defeat, December 22, 1952p. 281
President of the United States, Undelivered Farewell Speechp. 284
Definitions, February 10, 1959p. 287
The Nixon Danger, Letter, August 22, 1959p. 288
The Most Serious Situation, Letter, January 7, 1959p. 290
Whoever Is Nominated, Letter, June 30, 1960p. 291
History Says, Letter, June 25, 1960p. 291
The "Immature Boy," Letter, August 26, 1960p. 293
Forgiveness, Letter, January 24, 1961p. 294
Presidential Advice, Letter, June 28, 1962p. 295
Eisenhower in 1948, Diary, July 25, 1947p. 295
An Unsent Letter to President Eisenhower, November 28, 1956p. 296
On the Republicans, Letter, December 11, 1956p. 297
Letter to Sherman Minton, September 6, 1958p. 298
Tributes in Eulogy of Harry S. Truman: Remarks of Senator J. W. Fulbright of Arkansasp. 300
Tributes in Eulogy of Harry S. Truman: Remarks of Rep. Ella T. Grasso of Connecticutp. 301
Tributes in Eulogy of Harry S. Truman: Remarks of Sen. Edmund S. Muskie of Mainep. 303
Tributes in Eulogy of Harry S. Truman: Remarks of Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaskap. 305
Tributes in Eulogy of Harry S. Truman: Honestyp. 307
Tributes in Eulogy of Harry S. Truman: A member of Battery D, 129th Field Artillery Regiment, 35th Divisionp. 308
Notable Figures of the Truman Presidencyp. 311
Key Events in Truman's Lifep. 327
Cabinet Members, Truman Administrationp. 334
Indexp. 335
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